Prominent Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind officially threw his weight behind District Attorney candidate Ken Thompson on Tuesday.
Thompson is the sole challenger to incumbent D.A. Charles Hynes since opponent Abe George stepped down days ago to endorse Thompson.
Hikind lauded Thompson as the "best choice for the Jewish community" and "a true friend to our community."
Just months ago, Hikind faced widespread public criticism for wearing blackface at his Purim celebration. After initially denying there was anything wrong with his costume, then giving what many saw as a lukewarm apology, Hikind posted a "heartfelt and sincere apology" on his blog.
In a lengthy profile citing interviews with several New York politicos who refused to be named, apparently out of fear of retaliation by Hikind, the Observer painted a picture of Hikind as a "kingmaker" in the Brooklyn community, untouchable despite several controversial public statements, including referring to Jewish support for President Barack Obama as a "disease," and his longtime affiliation with the Jewish Defense League, described by the FBI as a "right-wing terrorist group."
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